Macau is a 1.5 hour ferry ride from the terminal in Hong Kong, and it’s worth a day trip. Everyone knows about the lavish casinos and the huge party town (it’s like the Vegas of Southeast Asia), but here are three must-sees – aside from the glitz and glamour – that will make your Macau visit even more fun.
Old Town Macau
Check out the fortresses from when Macau was a Portuguese colony. See the architecture, take in the decidedly European influence (there’s even a Port wine museum!), try to figure out street signs in Portuguese…
One stop for spectacular views of the city is the old fort, Fortaleza du Monte. It has panoramic views and really shows you the dichotomy between Old and New Macau.
You can also see the Chinese influence that
still hasn’t will probably never go away, in the forms of older temples and shrines, and even more modern propaganda in the form of the 1950s Mao posters in every store.
Did you really think I’d skip the pandas? Come on….
There are two pandas in Macau, and they are awesome. The panda park itself is interesting – it has panda EVERYTHING (so it’s basically my version of heaven), and you can watch them till your heart’s content.
If you catch them on a good day, they’ll do flips and entertain you, but on a bad day, they’ll just stay in their little cave area and not come out. Luckily for me, it was a good day, and I got to see it up close and personal. Now if only I could figure out how to get one home…
Grand Prix Museum
I realize this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a really short museum and if you like cars or appreciate it at all, it’s worth a trip. Inside, you will see Aryton Senna’s car and race suit, an entire wall devoted to Michael Schumacher, and various other cars from other forms of racing (Porsche, BMW, even Toyota). It’s a throwback homage to the days when racing was insanely dangerous, drivers were rugged men, and parties were wild and debauchery ran amok.
And if the Museo du Gran Prix isn’t your thing, the Port wine museum is right next door. Cheers!